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Thursday, 1 March 1973
Page: 137

Mr LYNCH (Flinders) - This is the first opportunity that I have had to congratulate the Leader of the House (Mr Daly) on his appointment to that position. I wish him well. I hope that he will show indulgence in regard to the need to provide the Opposition parties with a full opportunity to criticise and scrutinise the matters which are brought before this House by the Government.

Mr Keogh - As you did not do.

Mr LYNCH - The honourable member for Bowman might prefer his own double standard. He is entitled to it because he is known for it. If Government supporters will allow me as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, to make a point which, if I may say so, is of marginal significance, I will say that it is already clear today that, in terms of its approach to the forms and procedures of this House, the Government is not prepared to allow the Opposition parties a full and reasonable opportunity to seek to criticise the proposals which it has brought forward.

Mr Duthie - That is a lie. That is a double standard.

Mr LYNCH - That is a strong word from the honourable gentleman. He should think back on the issues discussed earlier today. What have we seen from the Government? We have seen the debate on a censure motion - one of the most substantial and serious motions that can be brought before this House - guillotined by a government that was unprepared to allow the debate on those significant issues to continue today. In a sense, it is ironic that a government which has so eloquently spoken of the need for open government in its policy speech before the election and in the Speech of the GovernorGeneral - 1 recall the phrase 'a more open society' - should have proposed this motion which, together with the motion which is to follow relating to the time of adjournment, seeks to shorten the time available for debates in this House.

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